One Stop Centre for women in distress

One Stop Centres - Sakhi provide an integrated range of services to women affected by violence. These services include medical aid, police assistance, legal aid/case management, psychosocial counselling and temporary support services. Women in distress can reach the Centres physcially or over the phone. One Sakhi Centre is to be set up in every district of India.




Technology Development and Utilization Programme for Women

DSIR under its “Technology Development and Utilization Programme for Women (TDUPW)” provides assistance for those projects which are relevant to technology development and utilization by women with special emphasis to technologies developed by scientific establishments. In particular, the projects of the following nature are eligible for assistance:

  • Technology development and dissemination, which can reduce the drudgery, lead to capacity building and economically empower women. Projects will be supported in areas like food processing, health and hygiene, nutrition etc.
  • Use of technology to promote capacity building and competitiveness of women

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For more details, please contact Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology

Trafficking - Ujjawala scheme for victims of trafficking

Ujjawala is a comprehensive scheme for prevention of trafficking, with five specific components:
i) Prevention, which consist of formation of community vigilance groups/ adolescences groups, awareness and sensitization of important functionaries like police, community leaders and preparation of awareness generation materials, holding workshop, etc.   
ii) Rescue, safe withdrawal of the victim from the place of exploitation.   
iii) Rehabilitation, which includes providing safe shelter for victims with basic amenities such as food, clothing, counselling medical care, legal-aid, vocational training and income generation activities, etc.   
iv) Re-integration, which includes restoring the victim into the family/community (if so she desires) and the accompanying costs.  
v) Repatriation, which includes repatriation of the victim to their country of origin.


Provisions for women at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

IGNOU has been making many efforts to promote learning among women. 38 Special Study Centres and 7 Regular Sudy Centres have been set up to cater o women especially in remote and rural areas. The University established the School of Gender and Development Studies in 2007. It offers five academic programmes.

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For more details, please contact Indira Gandhi National Open University(IGNOU)

Women Cooperatives

Mai Bhago Istri Shakti Scheme works to promote women entrepreneurship through the medium of Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS). Vocational training, capacity building, loans, subsidies etc. will be provided to women. They will be encouraged to form SHGs and cooperatives.





Savings for the girl child

Mukhyamantri Kanya suraksha Yojana aims to prevent female foeticide, to encourage birth of girl child, to improve sex ratio and to encourage birth registration. Benefits under this scheme are provided to those girls of BPL families who were born after November 22, 2007. Benefits are given to only for two girls per family. Under this scheme, an amount of Rs 2,000 is invested in Children's Career Balanced Plan of UTI Mutual Fund in the name of girl. On completion of 18 years, the amount equal to the maturity value will be paid to the girl child.


To apply under the scheme, please contact your local Anganwadi Worker


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For more details, please contact Department of Social Welfare, Govt. of Bihar



Supporting Women SHGs

Mission Shakti is aimed at the empowerment of women through the pomotion of Women's Self-Help Groups (WSHGs). Under this, SHGs are provided with bank linkages, training, capacity building, micro credit support, seed money, financial assistance, market linkages etc.





Menstrual hygiene framework

The menstrual hygiene management framework has been put in place at the central level by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. It sets the standard for action by State and District authorities, schools and communities to ensure menstrual hygiene for women. Funds for IEC under Swachh Bharat Mission - Grameen may also be used to create awareness on menstrual hygiene. Women SHGs are encouraged to operate Production Centres and Rural Sanitary Marts.




Promoting women farmers

The Mahila Kisan Sashatikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) works towards empowering women in agriculture, enhancing the productive participation of women in agriculture, create and sustain agriculture based livelihoods of rural women and nable women to have better access to inputs and services of the govt and other agencies


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For more details, please contact Ministry of Rural Development

Combating Adolescent Anaemia

The Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS) Programme is an initiative to meet the challenge of high prevalence and incidence of anaemia amongst adolescent girls and boys. WIFS targets in-schoold adolecent (10-19 years) boys & girls and out of school adolescent girls. The programme includes supervised weekly ingestion of IFA supplementation and biannual helminthic control, besides providing nutrition, health education and screening of moderate/severely anemic adolescents for further managment at health facilities. The programme is implemented across the country both in rural and urban areas.



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For more details, please contact Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Scholarship for secondary education of girls

Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme grants scholarship of Rs. 3000 to adolescent girls to enable them to complete their secondary education. The girl child should have appeared in the National Talent Search Test to be conducted by the Board of School Education. Students can encash this amount after successful completion of their secondary education. This scheme applies to girls whose family income is less than Rs.300, 000 per annum.



Scholarship for women ST students

National Overseas Scholarship Scheme for Scheduled Tribes provides financial assistance to meritorious students for pursuing higher studies in foreign universities in Master Level Courses, Ph.D and Post-Doctoral research programmes, in the field of Engineering, Technology and Science. 30% of the awards are earmarked for women.




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For more details, please contact Ministry of Tribal Affairs

Assistance to mothers

Under the Matru Samrudhhi Yojna, cash assistance of Rs. 5,000/- is given to mothers that deliver at Government as well as registered private hospitals. This is valid up to first two live births.





State Government Working Women's Hostels

Under this scheme, grants were released to J.S.S. Mahavidyapeetha for construction of hostel at Charamarajanagar district head quarters.  Construction of the building is completed and women have availed accommodation in these hostels. Funding has also been released to Mahila Samaja Organization at Sulya Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District and to Johara Women and Children Welfare Trust at Kalburgi District.




Residential schools for tribal girls

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, through States/UTs sets up Ashram schools for tribals girls and boys in Tribal Sub-Plan areas. State Governments are eligible for 100% funding for establishment of Ashram Schools for girls in these areas inlcuding school buildings, hostels, kitchen and staff quarters. In the case of boy's schools, the funding is on a 50:50 basis between Centre and State.


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For more details, please contact Ministry of Tribal Affairs

Stree Shakti groups for economic empowerment

Stree Shakthi Groups are formed at the village level to inculcate the savings habit in the members and empower them economically. About 15 to 20 women members who are from below poverty line families, landless  agricultural labourers, SC/ST women join together. Stree Shakthi Groups are  formed through  Anaganwadi workers and taluk federations. They are provided with financial and other support from the State Government.





The National Livestock Mission (NLM)

The National Livestock Mission was launched in 2014 with the objective to encourage formation of groups of farmers and cooperatives/producers companies of small and marginal farmers/livestock owners. It promotes innovative pilot projects and mainstreaming of successful pilots relating to livestock sector. IT provides infrastructure and linkages for marketing, processing and value addition, as forward linkage for the farmer’s enterprises. State Governments are mandated, as far as possible, to cover physically 30% women farmers/beneficiaries under this mission.


For area specific details, please contact your State Livestock Development Board.



Welfare scheme for beedi workers

Under this scheme, an amount of Rs. 2500 is given to beedi workers for domestic electricity. The financial assistance of Rs. 40,000 from the Ministry of Labour & Employment, GOI and Rs. 20,000/- from the State Labour Departtment is also given in two equal installments for the construction of houses. Those workers are eligible who are engaged in the beedi industry for at least one year and the monthly income of the family should not exceed Rs. 6500. The worker should have a house in her name or in the name of the family member. In case the house is not owned by the beedi worker, the owner must give no objection.

Assistance for marriage of girls in shelter homes

Mukhya Mantri Sanwasin Vivah Anudan Yojana provdes financial assistance for marriage expenses to girls who stay in government run homes and whose parents are unknown. Assistance of Rs. 20,000 is provided to the girls residing in the State run homes at the time of their marriage. The amount is paid in the form of a cheque by the Superintendent of the home in which she lives. Applications should be written to Superintendent, Protection Homes or the Balika Grah along with supporting documents such as age certificate, marriage registration certificate, certificate for not receiving dowry, and residence proof of staying in the Protection Home/balika grah.

Promoting entrepreneurship - Stand Up India Scheme

The Stand Up India Scheme provides credit and handholding support to entrepreneurs, particularly women, SCs and STs. Bank loans between Rs. 10 lakh and Rs.1 Crore available for setting up greenfield enterprises. At least one borrower per bank branch must be a woman